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Rock Climbing Signals


AAAAAHHHHH!!! A belay signal yelled to indicate a fall in progress.
Climb When Ready A signal called by the belayer to indicate to the climber that they may start climbing.
Climbing A signal called by the climber to indicate to the belayer that they having begun climbing.
Dirt Me Cool way a saying "Let me down" after either finishing or giving up on a top rope climb.
Off Belay The opposite of "On Belay".
On Belay A signal called by the belayer when they have the climber's rope secured in the belay system.
Rock!! Yelled to advise persons below that a massive object has been overcome by gravity and is rapidly approaching from above. The loudness, number of repetitions, an/or panic in the voice which this word is uttered is often an indication of the seriousness of the rock. The probability of being struck is equal wherever you may stand, but increases greatly if you look up.
Rope Below! A signal used to warn others that the caller is throwing a rope off the cliff.
Safe A signal used to indicate that climber is now safe and may be taken off belay.
Slack A signal called by the climber to indicate to the belayer that he/she requires more slack rope to work with. The opposite of the "Take Up" signal.
Take Up A signal called by the climber to indicate to the belayer that he/she should take up the slack in the rope. The opposite of the "Slack" signal.
Taking In A signal made by the person, usually the lead climber at top of the pitch, to indicate that they are pulling up the slack in the rope.
Thats Me A signal made by the person on the end of the rope to indicate to the person "taking in" that they have completed the job.
Watch me Call to indicate the climber is about to do something stupid -- like fall.



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